After initial defiance, some cities and towns issue proclamations to temporarily close businesses to stop spread of virus

On Thursday, Broken Arrow, Bixby, Sand Springs and others issued mayoral proclamations that required some businesses to close to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
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As pandemic spreads, ‘life continues as normal’ in many rural communities

As the spread of coronavirus has major cities across the country taking significant measures to reduce crowds of even a few people, Newkirk residents lined up out the door Tuesday for the new restaurant serving sandwiches with mobster-themed names. 
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Former Thunder player seeks to open charter school in Oklahoma City

Kanter said he anticipates his school will “serve primarily minority students who come from low-income families, many of whom are first generation immigrant families with low English language skills.”
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In compact dispute, Stitt hires law firm with a history of taking on tribes

“If a jurisdiction wants to fight an Indian Tribe, they hire Perkins Coie, LLC,” Washington State Sen. John McCoy, a citizen of the Tulalip Tribes, told Indian Country Today in 2018.
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Tribes prepare for sports betting, but compact debate with governor continues

While each side is preparing for a likely showdown in federal court, both sides have hinted that an expansion of gambling, including sports betting, could be part of any new agreement. 
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Promised land: Oklahoma has few restrictions on religious property tax exemptions

A review of property records by The Frontier found mansions and luxury homes, cattle ranches, airplane hangars, radio broadcast towers and hundreds of acres of land were fully or partially exempted from property taxes under religious exemptions.
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Gov. Kevin Stitt’s approval to be required under new refugee resettlement order

Officials with Oklahoma’s only refugee resettlement organization have already begun to urge Gov. Kevin Stitt to offer his approval for new refugees.
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Guardians of the Gates: Gateway Ministries and the church that wasn’t

Jesse Rodgers' 'church' hasn't had a congregation or service in more than five years. But it has been used to obtain tax exemptions for his family's house.
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After the death of a 16-year old, a judge has ordered new procedures for juveniles at Oklahoma County jail

A new ruling requires speedier assessment of minors booked into the jail to weigh whether they can be transferred to juvenile detention
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Budget does not include money for treatment and mental health programs mandated by voters

Stitt had initially called for $10 million in appropriations for the voter-mandated County Community Safety Investment Fund as part of his 2020 budget proposal.
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